PSI On Product Stewardship

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Diversion Trends Workshop- Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in MA: Karen Shapiro from Product Stewardship Institute

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PSI On Product Stewardship

  1. 1. MassRecycleR3 Recycling & Organics Conference &Trade ShowApril 1, 2013Karen Shapiro, Senior AssociateProduct Stewardship Institute, Inc.
  2. 2. Who is theProduct Stewardship Institute?• Nonprofit founded in 2000• Memberships 47 States 200+ Local governments• Partnerships (95+) Companies Organizations Universities Non-US Governments• Board of Directors: 7 states,4 local agencies• Advisory Council: Multi-stakeholder (14 members)Global Product Stewardship Council(PSI represented on Board of Directors)2© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  3. 3. A policy approach that…• Minimizes health, safety,environmental, and social impacts• Maximizes economic benefits of aproduct and its packaging• Considers all lifecycle stages, fromdesign to end-of-life• Is either voluntary or required bylawWhat is Product Stewardship?© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013 3
  4. 4. What is Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)?© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013 4ProductStewardshipExtendedProducerResponsibility(EPR)• Mandatory productstewardship• Producers hold financialand managerialresponsibility for post-consumer products andpackaging• Central tenet of productstewardship
  5. 5. What does EPR Look Like?© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013 5
  6. 6. EPR on the Rise in the U.S.Over the Past Decade601020304050607080NumberofLawsYearEPR laws since 2000© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  7. 7. 7 7EPR Laws in the U.S. by State2012© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  8. 8. Another View on State EPR Laws70 EPR laws in 32 states(including laws on carpet, “framework,” cell phones, andagricultural pesticide containers)4381014238© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  9. 9. Mandatory EPR Lawsand Legislationin the Northeast U.S.99© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013Key
  10. 10. • Two research reports: 2002 – 2003• PSI has facilitated a national dialogueon paint since December 2003.• 1st Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) issued – April 2005.• 8 projects – $2 M public/private funds.• 2nd MOU issued in October 2007.• Detailed work plan – elements oflegislation• First product stewardship law for paintpassed in Oregon in June 2009.A brief history of paint stewardship10© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  11. 11. U.S. State EPR laws & legislationPAINT11 Oregon (2009) California (2010) Connecticut (2011) Rhode Island (2012)© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013
  12. 12. Survey of Massachusetts Municipalities12© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013Under a grant from the MassDEP, PSI surveyed municipalrecycling coordinators around the Commonwealth to:(1) Determine the level of awareness about productstewardship & existing programs(2) Understand which products in waste stream aregreatest concern & why(3) Gain input on which strategies they felt could mosteffectively help Mass reach a goal of zero waste
  13. 13. Survey Results13© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013(1) High level of awareness & supportfor Product Stewardship(2) Unequal awareness of existingprograms in Massachusetts(3) High level of support for additionalPS programs in Massachusetts(4) Support for Product Stewardship as apromising strategy for zero waste
  14. 14. Awareness of Existing Programs14© Product Stewardship Institute, 20131) Beverage Deposit System (aka bottle bill)2) Retail plastic bag take-backs3) Fluorescent Lamp Retail Take-Backs• Lowes & Home Depot4) Call2Recycle (batteries & cell phones)5) Thermostat Recycling Corporation6) Electronics Retail Take-Back Programs• Staples & Best Buy
  15. 15. Awareness of Existing Programs15© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013Local Recycling Coordinators Were Asked:1. If they referred residents to use the program2. If they thought residents were aware of the program
  16. 16. Priority Products - Financial Burden18© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013Asked: Which products pose the greatestfinancial strain on your wastemanagement/recycling program?Results:1. Electronics2. Mixed HHW (cleaners, solvents, pool chemicals)3. Bulky waste/furniture4. Paint5. Pesticides
  17. 17. Support for additional PS programs in Massfrom municipal recycling coordinators19© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013Asked: Other states have adopted Product Stewardship programs for:(1) Paint (2) Electronics (3) Mercury containing lampsWould you favor adopting a similar program in Massachusetts?Results: Paint Electronics Mercury containing lampsI favor a similar program for Massachusetts I do not favor a similar program for Massachusetts No opinion
  18. 18. What can be done now?20© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013• Take advantage of voluntary programs already in place• Get involved in promoting new programs• Get involved with PSI!
  19. 19. Karen ShapiroSenior Associate, Policy & Programs617-236-4866karen@productstewardship.usContactwww.productstewardship.us21© Product Stewardship Institute, 2013

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